In a special episode of the Gentleman’s Journal podcast, we’re joined by three towering figures in British craftsmanship and manufacturing — Robert Ettinger of Ettinger; Jonathan Baker of Turnbull & Asser; and James Fox of Crockett & Jones. What these three don’t know about the art of manufacturing — and the science of selling — isn’t worth knowing. And as you’ll see, they present this ancient, deep-rooted industry in a refreshing new light. For any entrepreneurs interested in making beautiful products, and building brands from the ground up, this episode will be 45 minutes very well spent. Our thanks once again to Mark’s Club for playing hosts.
podcasts — October 11, 2018
How to succeed as the underdog
Anton Chirkunov is the founder of Wheely, a luxury ride hailing app based in Moscow and London. A typical tech founder prodigy, Anton built the first version of the company at just 23 years old. Since then, it’s grown into a thriving business with more than 250 employees, and next…
podcasts — September 27, 2018
How to reinvent yourself
David Spencer-Percival is the serial entrepreneur behind No. 1 Rosemary Water and now No. 1 Botanicals, a new range of botanical-infused drinks with various health-giving properties. In a fascinating episode of the Gentleman’s Journal podcast, David tells how a chance encounter in a carpark changed his life forever; why he decided suddenly one…
podcasts — August 9, 2018
How to conquer fear
Our guest on today’s episode of the Gentleman’s Journal Podcast is Jason Fox, the former marine, Special Forces operative and documentary filmmaker. Jason’s career has spanned several decades and dozens of countries. But there’s been a running theme throughout — no matter where he finds himself, Jason survives and thrives…
podcasts — July 19, 2018
Justin Byam Shaw
How to become a serial entrepreneur
Our guest on today’s episode is Justin Byam Shaw, the chairman of the Evening Standard and the Independent, the director of the Felix Project, and a serial entrepreneur. Justin’s career has spanned many, many companies and several decades, but it all come back to a few familiar traits — an eye for…
podcasts — July 12, 2018
How to turn a passion into a business
Our guest on today’s episode is Nuno Mendes, the world-renowned chef behind Chiltern Firehouse, Bacchus, and most recently Mãos — a remarkable new intimate dining project. In a fascinating episode of the Gentleman’s Journal podcast, Nuno reveals why it’s okay to have no idea what you want to do with your…
podcasts — June 25, 2018
How to find followers and influence people
Our guest on this afternoon’s episode of the Gentleman’s Journal podcast is Steve Bartlett, the founder and CEO of Social Chain. Since its birth in 2014, Social Chain has gone on to become the most successful social media agency ever — it owns and controls some of the world’s biggest…
podcasts — June 19, 2018
If you’re the smartest guy in the room, you’re in the wrong room
My guest on today’s episode is Steve Varsano, founder and CEO of the Jet Business, the world’s first private aviation showroom. Steve’s career started up in the clouds when he trained to become a pilot in the 1970s. He’s scarcely come down to earth since. Today, the New Jersey boy…
podcasts — May 25, 2018
"I woke up one day and decided to start a bank"
Our guest on today’s episode of the Gentleman’s Journal podcast is Vernon Hill — serial entrepreneur, master retailer and, most recently, the founder of Metro Bank. Vernon founded his first business when he was just a teenager, and had set up his first bank by the age of 26. As you’ll find…
podcasts — January 25, 2018
Style and Substance
Henry Hales is the founder of Sir Plus, a men’s fashion start up that uses surplus material to build distinctive British garments and accessories. From his humble beginnings selling boxer shorts on a stall in East London, Henry has grown the business to a formidable size, and built a brand…
podcasts — January 5, 2018
The Mark Zuckerberg of Extreme Sports
Will Dean is the founder and CEO of Tough Mudder, the world’s most successful endurance event. Will first came up with the idea for the race while studying for an MBA at Harvard, and despite the protestations of his professors, he decided to put his dream to the test. He’d hoped…
podcasts — December 8, 2017
Fifth Anniversary Special
In a twist on our usual format, we ask Harry Jarman, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Gentleman's Journal, about his own entrepreneurial journey as the publication celebrates its fifth birthday.
podcasts — November 23, 2017
The unstoppable Paul Smith
Paul Smith is a titan of British industry and one of the most successful men's fashion designers in the world. In today's episode, Paul tells us about his Bespoke by Appointment service; why the most dangerous thing you can do is follow trends; and what to do if you ever receive a live pigeon in the post.
podcasts — November 8, 2017
The 25-Year-Old CEO
Our guest on today's podcast is Ross Bailey, the founder and CEO of Appear Here. Ross tells us how a Jubilee-themed party accidentally kicked off the entire business, what it’s like to be a CEO of a multinational company at the age of 25, and why he never wants to hear about another clean-eating start up ever again.
podcasts — October 26, 2017
Print is dead, long live print
Our guest this afternoon is Nicholas Coleridge, the Chairman of both Condé Nast and the Victoria & Albert Museum. In today’s episode, Nicholas discusses his greatest journalistic scoops and stunts; what not to do if you want a job at Condé Nast; and why magazines are best enjoyed in the bath.
podcasts — October 12, 2017
Time is Money
In this week's episode, we talk to Wilhelm Schmid, the CEO of German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne. The CEO tells us how a watch can possibly cost 2 million euros, why smartwatches are doomed by their very nature to fail, and why gentlemen are still so in thrall to measuring time.
podcasts — September 28, 2017
David Gandy and Terry Betts
David Gandy is the most successful British model of his generation, a fashion entrepreneur in his own right, and an investor in several menswear startups. He's joined today on the show by Terry Betts, the former Buying Director at Selfridges and now the head of business development at Thread, the revolutionary online stylist.
podcasts — August 23, 2017
Look at the mountaintop, not at the mountain
Geoffrey Kent is the founder, chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, the world's first ever luxury travel company and still the industry's gold standard. In this week’s episode, the travel tycoon tells us how he convinced the richest man in the world to become one of his first customers & much more.
podcasts — August 9, 2017
Alex Scott, Charles Hambro, and Piers Hedley
The Future of Wealth
Today, we speak to three titans of the wealth management industry – Alex Scott, Charles Hambro, and Piers Hedley – and discover just how much this ancient game has changed in recent years.
podcasts — July 26, 2017
Becoming a green energy mogul
Arthur Kay is the founder and CEO of Bio-Bean, an award-winning clean energy company that recycles old coffee grounds into advanced biofuels. In this episode, Arthur tells us how ideas mean nothing without execution and more.
podcasts — July 12, 2017
A passport to the high life
Aaron Simpson is the founder and chairman of Quintessentially, the world’s most famous luxury concierge company. In this episode, Aaron tells us about his project to build the world’s biggest superyacht, the changing spending habits of the mega-rich and more.
podcasts — June 28, 2017
Henry Porter is the UK Editor of Vanity Fair and a renowned political columnist. In this episode, he talks to us about the importance of causing trouble; the dying craft of self-editing; and the power of finishing what you’ve started.
podcasts — May 31, 2017
Never be boring
For many years, Henry Wyndham was the senior auctioneer and chairman at Sotheby’s, the world-renowned auction house. Henry talks to us about his failed first career as a door to door salesman, how auctioneering is all in the eyebrows, and how a shooting accident might just have changed his life for the better.
podcasts — May 17, 2017
How to win friends and influence people
Tim Jefferies is the owner of Hamiltons, Britain’s foremost photographic gallery. The entrepreneur and retired playboy tells us why the smart money invests in photography, how fame can both help and hinder a business & more.
podcasts — May 17, 2017
Know thy weakness
Pierre LaGrange is the CEO of Savile Row tailors Huntsman, whom he took over as the recession took hold. Pierre tells us how a chance encounter in Ibiza changed the course of his life, how love at first sight in business is never a good thing & more.
podcasts — May 17, 2017
Robin Hutson, Kurt Zdesar, and Rupert Clevely
How to work your way up the foodchain
In this episode, we speak to three men who started at the bottom of the hospitality industry and worked their way to the very top: Robin Hutson, the father of the 'boutique hotel'; Kurt Zdesar, who brought Nobu to London; and Rupert Clevely, founder of Geronimo Inns.
podcasts — May 17, 2017
Fear is your friend
Clive Jackson is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of VICTOR, an on-demand private jet service for high net worth individuals. Today, he talks about celebrity investors, the habits that make great entrepreneurs & more.
podcasts — May 17, 2017
How to create delight
Master jeweller and businessman Theo Fennell tells us why we should read more and want less, how it’s okay not to have any idea what you want to do with your life & more.